In my “And We’re Back” post I mentioned that I hadn’t really done much whilst on my hiatus, but that is actually a lie. Looking back, I actually did quite a bit including meeting Pauline and Hamdah, seeing Tiff again and going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and eating a helluva lot of KBBQ. Here’s a quick life update for y’all including plenty of food pics, so settle in with a cuppa tea and see what I’ve been up to.
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES
Mutay always finds the best things to do around London and if it weren’t for her I’d probably just be in my bed watching Netflix and eating a ton of Ben & Jerry’s. Not that there’s anything really wrong with that.
Barber Shop Chronicles follows different barbershops across Africa and South London, and how all of them intertwine through tales of politics, football, feuds and even a joke about a fly in a drink.
I absolutely loved this play, and the set design was amazing. I especially loved all the music and dance numbers, and the whole theatre lit up and the atmosphere was amazing. Even before the play started, the audience was already starting to get into the vibe even taking selfies in the barber chairs.
Barber Shop Chronicles returns in November at the National Theatre, so be sure to book your tickets so you don’t miss out!
Internet friends are a wonderful thing. One of my oldest internet friends is Shan, and we bonded over Harry Potter – specifically roleplaying and fanfiction. I managed to meet up with Shan one time before, and that was completely random at the airport in Amsterdam!
Anyway, we finally managed to meet up properly last June and it was so much fun. We went for dinner at Strada, where I had some delicious spaghetti bolognese. We caught up on life because it had been a couple of years since we’d properly been in touch!
Like a couple of teenagers, we popped to the corner shop for wine and cups and we chilled by South Bank. We ended up in Underbelly, which was kinda underwhelming (see what I did there) but we made the most of it – we made some random friends, drank some rubbish drinks and soaked in the vibes. At one point in the night, I remember buying a £9 hot dog, but… London, amirite?
I also got to meet up with Tiff and we went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour where I also met the lovely Sarah! It was my third time doing the tour and every time it amazes me – this time around I got to visit the Forbidden Forest and there was Buckbeak and please believe my fangirl heart was very happy that day.
I absolutely adore KBBQ. I went twice in one month. Should there be a limit on how much meat we consume? Yes, probably. But I have #noragrets. I’m always taking my friend, Sharmayne, out to discover new places to eat (because who best to go to for food recs than me, right?) and I used it as an excuse to visit Superstar BBQ again.
I mentioned in my review before that they have set menus and this time, we went for set menu 2 which also had KFC. Das right… Korean Fried Chicken, m’fuhers. Literally, everything we ate was so good and you get quite a lot for 2 people! Food coma straight after I finished eating, for sure.
I went again with my friend, Cally, and again it was literal food coma after we finished eating. I always surprise myself with the amount of food I can actually eat, sometimes. I have made plans to go KBBQ again this month 😜
The more I’ve been thinking I about it, the more I definitely want to go back to university and actually do a course which I know I will get a lot out of. I’ve been saying for ages I want to do a postgraduate course in Creative Writing, but it’s only been recently I’ve seriously started my applications. Watch this space!
POP BRIXTON & MILK TRAIN
Hamdah moved to London for the summer, so we obviously had to meet up. We took her to Pop Brixton, an amazing place full of street food vendors. I opted for ramen from Koi Ramen, which was delicious and I was pleased with the amount of pork they put in as well. We even FaceTimed Pauline when we were there as well!
We also all met up again when Pauline came down to London and we stopped by Milk Train, a specialist ice cream shop. Does soft serve ice cream that comes floating on a cloud of candy floss sound like your sort of thing? Yes? THEN GO HERE. I went for the ‘Unicone’ which definitely looked like something a unicorn deposited – rainbow drops, sprinkles, candy floss, deliciousness!
I’ve had my old wig since November, so I thought it was definitely time to get a new one. As I’ve never had colour in my hair, real or not, I thought I’d go for something different. Honestly, I am SO pleased with the outcome and I am actually in love with my wig. Every time I look myself in the mirror I’m like, “HOT DAMN GURL FIYAH WOAH NEW WIG HU DIS?” Haha.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably might have seen my big ol’ thread regarding my allergic reaction I suffered last Saturday. I’m planning on writing up a post about what happened, and not to blast the company but more to raise awareness and also because the trek that I mentioned a few months ago is actually AROUND THE CORNER. If you haven’t already, please donate to my JustGiving page as I will be trekking 26.2-miles around London to raise money for Anaphylaxis Campaign! September 23rd… #amifittho?
I also mentioned that I would be doing a 30-day shred but that kinda flew out the window when I went on holiday and ate all the pasta. In all seriousness, though, I was doing quite well… just someone please give me my motivation back! I can feel the pounds piling on and it doesn’t help that I have a desk job, either.
See you in the next life update!